Saturday, April 5, 2014
CHRISTIANITY STUDY: The Vatican's differences with the British monarchy go back five centuries (Henry VIII and all that). Besides being the head of state, the queen also is the head of the Church of England, but she's done more than any of her predecessors to repair relations. Differences with Argentina are much more recent. The pope is on the record as saying the Malvinas, as the Argentines call the islands in the South Atlantic, belong to Argentina. He recently met with the president of Argentina, Cristina Kirchner, who wants him to intercede in the continuing tension with Britain over the islands. The queen says what her governments tell her to say about war and politics, and the British continue to insist the Falklands are theirs and that's the end of it.
Queen Elizabeth II met Pope Francis for the first time at the Vatican today, in her fifth meeting with a pontiff in the Holy See and one of the last foreign trips for the soon-to-be 88-year-old monarch.http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/people/2014/04/03/queen-elizabeth-ii-meets-pope-francis-in-the-vatican/7251869/